The name Keilan has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the now-lost settlement of Kelland Barton in the county of Devon
. The surname Keilan belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Keilan family
The surname Keilan was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Painsford in Asprington, some say before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. Professor Seary of Newfoundland suggests that there was also a Kelland Barton in Devon
but he has been unable to find it. This may have been a family tradition.
Early History of the Keilan family
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Keilan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Keilan have been found, including Kelland, Kellands, Kellan, Kellen, Keland, Kelan, Kelane, Kellane, Keeland, Kealand, Kellend and many more.
Early Notables of the Keilan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keilan family to Ireland
Some of the Keilan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keilan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Keilan, or a variant listed above: Michael Kelan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1848; Charles Kellen also settled in Boston Massachusetts the same year; Teresa Kellen settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852. In Newfoundland, Canada, Mary Kelland settled at Scilly Cove in 1792.